Veteran medical – Expanded Medical Marijuana Research Bill Approved by Congress

Expanded Medical Marijuana Research Bill Approved by Congress on The National Law Review Without the ability to grow cannabis legally, researchers are unable to properly study the safety, efficacy, and medical uses of marijuana. This creates a frustrating catch-22, where the lack of available, legitimate marijuana research leaves Congress unable to examine sufficient evidence to …

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Veteran Affairs – West Los Angeles VA misusing donated land intended for veteran rehabilitation. VA OIG report.

VA’s Management of Land Use Under the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 In March 1888, Senator John P. Jones and Arcadia B. DeBaker donated, by deed, approximately 300 acres of land in Los Angeles, California, to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers to establish a home for disabled veterans. Two additional deeds …

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VA article – ‘I knew something was not right’: Mass cancellations of diagnostic test orders at VA hospitals draw scrutiny. USA Today.

Link to the news article “To have a patient show up for a scan and not have an order – you’re like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ ” he [Radiology technologist Jeff Dettbarn] told USA TODAY in an interview. Dettbarn started collecting cancellation notices for diagnostic procedures such as CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds. …

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Veteran Affairs – Fox31 Denver report VA spent $750,000 for a 176-yard bus ride

Fox31 Denver report special buses drove aurora VA staff 176 yards for 5 years From the article: DENVER -- Over budget by nearly $1 billion, the cost of the recently opened Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora are, by now, well known. “I think it was a smart program. Like I said, …

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Veteran Affairs – 33-year-old Justin Miller committed suicide after being released from VA psych care

View the CNN article here. Burdened by suicidal thoughts, Justin Miller, a 33-year-old veteran from Minnesota, reached out to the Department of Veterans Affairs in February for help, telling responders on the VA crisis line that he had access to firearms. Miller was advised to visit his local VA emergency department, which he did immediately. …

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VA – 3M only faces a small payout of $1,385.08 a day for defective earplugs over 18 years.

All links are to the webpage for the lawsuit on Justice.gov unless otherwise noted. 3M sold the Combat Arms Earplugs to the US military from 2000, along with the sales was the coverup that the earplugs failed to do the one job they have, dampening sound that is damaging to the ears. The Department of …

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VA News – Court rules class-action lawsuits can be brought against the VA

This legal change sounds like great news for many veterans, I hope that the process works correctly and changes are made that reduce the pressure on veterans and their family members. I feel we will see an influx of lawsuits for Gulf War Syndrome, Agent Orange, and toxic chemical exposures from many military bases and …

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Veterans – The busy empty phones. Washington Post article.

Listen. Type. Send. This was what the 60 customer service agents could do for the 107,000 calls that had come in since June 2017. On this day, there would be 584 more. I will not comment much on this topic, I have experienced a complete failure with this hotline of help twice. None of this …

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VA OIG report – Denied Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Claims Related to Military Sexual Trauma

Link to the original report I will not post any comments on this, I think the article speaks for itself. From the summary: The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviewed Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA’s) denied claims related to veterans’ military sexual trauma (MST) to determine whether staff correctly processed the claims according to VBA …

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VA article – San Diego VA studying CBD for PTSD treatment. (NBC article)

Link to article I will say I think the summary given by Carnivale is a great jumping off point for all discussions of treatment for PTSD. If you have never experienced it, you can simply have no idea. The symptoms, as well as their progenitor, can only be experienced. PTSD is not a new article …

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